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the study of meaning in language

semantic field

a group of words related to the same topic or context


the literal or 'dictionary' meaning of a word


the implied or suggested meanings associated with a word beyond its dictionary definition


the history of words, their origin and development


Meaning shift in which words refer to a more general class of items than previously


Meaning shift in which words refer to a more specific class of items or objects.


Meaning shift in which words take on more positive connotations or denotations


Meaning shift in which words take on more negative connotations or denotations

semantic shift

a clear change in the denotative meaning


Using what you already know plus what you read in the text to draw a conclusion

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